A majority of Martin Lewis’s prints deal with the nuances of vision. Typically, Lewis concentrated on translating a split second of activity. His prints are like snapshots that capture people in poses and scenes that rarely remain stationary. Often, Lewis organized his compositions from an unusual perspective or point of view and included bad weather or interesting sources of light. Dealing with these latter conditions allowed the artist to experiment with the depiction of fleeting forms such as shadows, silhouettes, reflections, the wind, rain, snow, intense light, or the night. Stoops in the Snow is among many of Lewis’s masterful achievements. To suggest accumulating snow on the streets of New York, Lewis created a density of dots by pressing sandpaper into a soft-ground coating on the plate. In other areas, he selectively scraped the plate clean to produce wispy, inkless “white” lines that represent gusting wind and swirling snow.
Artist Martin Lewis, American, 1881-1962
  • Stoops in Snow
Date 1930
Medium drypoint and sandpaper ground printed in black ink on wove paper
Dimensions Plate: 10 × 15 inches (25.4 × 38.1 cm)
Sheet: 13 5/8 × 18 3/8 inches (34.6 × 46.7 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Hal H. Smith
Accession Number 45.299
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed, in plate, lower left: MARTIN LEWIS
Signed, in pencil, lower right: Martin Lewis-
Inscriptions Inscribed, in pencil, lower left edge: STOOPS IN THE SNOW
Hal H. Smith;
1945-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)